Splashdown (Astronaut Academy #3)

by Dave Roman (Author)

Splashdown (Astronaut Academy #3)
Reading Level: 4th – 5th Grade
Astronaut Academy: Splashdown is the exciting third installment of the middle grade graphic novel series from author Dave Roman. Heroes like Hakata Soy don't take vacation! It's summer vacation for the students of Astronaut Academy, and Maribelle Mellonbelly is throwing the best party ever on Beach Planet? Yes! But tensions heat up fast when Hakata Soy's arch rival, Rick Raven, arrives. And soon the whole planet is heating up--with a giant volcano threatening to blow its top! Unless they can work together save the planet, the students of Astronaut Academy will betoast. But can they put aside their differences in time to turn the tides?

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Gr 3-5--Hakata Soy and his classmates at Astronaut Academy are officially on summer break and ready for adventure. Maribelle Mellonbelly decides to host an exclusive party on Beach Planet and invite everyone she knows--a bad decision, as arguments break out between friends and nemeses. Meanwhile, increasingly serious environmental issues threaten the inhabitants of Beach Planet, and soon it is up to the partygoers to band together and restore balance. Control and conflict resolution are important themes in this third series installment. For those who prefer steady linear narratives, the sometimes circuitous path and uneven pacing may be off-putting. However, those who stick with the narrative will find the book to be a fun, colorful read full of action. Hakata has tan skin and brown hair, Maribelle is white, and their class is a racially diverse group. VERDICT Recommended where the series is popular.

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All of the characters are adorable, like hastily drawn Hello Kitty figures, but taken from a broad array of cultural origins. The Wibowos give them dimension with their Technicolor palette.—Kirkus
Dave Roman
Dave Roman is the author/illustrator of the Astronaut Academy series and writer of the graphic novels Teen Boat! Race for Boatlantis and Agnes Quill: An Anthology of Mystery. He has contributed stories and art to Goosebumps Graphix: Slappy's Tales of Horror, and Nursery Rhyme Comics. Roman is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts, a former editor at Nickelodeon Magazine, and is currently series editor for First Second's Science Comics and History Comics series of nonfiction graphic novels. He lives in NYC and draws a webcomic called Starbunny, Inc. See more of Dave's work online.
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Publication date
April 20, 2021
Astronaut Academy

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